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What Are Cost-Effective Ways To Pay For Home Improvements?

by Jennifer Johansen 01/16/2022

While qualified borrowers often like to have choices, having too many funding options can get confusing. If you are considering borrowing money to upgrade your home, here are a few things to consider.

How Do Home Improvement Loans Work?

It’s essential to understand that the term “home improvement loan” is not precise. This type of borrowing typically involves packages that range from traditional loans to lines of credit. What these sometimes vastly different opportunities have in common is they are used to make property upgrades. This may include emergency roof repairs to transforming a home into an open floor plan.

So-called home improvement loans can be broken into two categories — secured and unsecured. Secured loans involve those borrowers leverage collateral to secure. Unsecured loans, as you might suspect, are offered without collateral. It’s not uncommon for unsecured products to charge higher interest because the lender takes increased risk.

What Are The Best Home Improvement Loans?

Each type of home improvement product offers a different structure for qualified borrowers. The terms and availability of home improvement loans are largely driven by items such as credit scores, equity and debt-to-income ratios, among others. The following highlights how the commonly secured home improvement loans work.

  • HELOC: A Home Equity Line of Credit ranks among the preferred secured loans. Based on the equity property owners have built up, the secured amount can be employed. Borrowers use the loan option much like a credit card and withdraw funds as needed. This proves cost-effective because homeowners can take out only the funds they require and typically enjoy flexible repayment options.
  • Home Equity Loan: Sometimes referred to as a “second mortgage,” this option provides a lump sum to make upgrades. Often used to remodel a home, these secured products rank among the low-interest options available to qualified homeowners.
  • Credit Cards: Unsecured funding options usually come with higher interest rates because lenders take a greater risk if a default occurs. Although employing a credit card or similar unsecured option can result in paying excessive fees, fast repayment can minimize cost. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to apply for these lines of credit from retailers that sell building materials. Many offer zero interest for a set number of months. If you can meet those terms, credit cards can function just like cash.

Homeowners would be well-served to consider interest rates, fees and repayment terms when selecting a home improvement loan. Perhaps the key involves choosing an option that cost-effectively fits your needs.

About the Author

Jennifer Johansen

Jennifer is passionate about the Real Estate business, and has been involved in related family businesses in construction, architectural millwork, and finance for 20 years. She and her husband relocated to Naples, from New York, 10 years ago, although her family has owned property on Marco Island since the 1980's. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Dual Master's Degree in Counseling and Education. She has acquired many necessary skills that are useful in Real Estate from being in the field of Counseling for many years. She holds the belief that building rapport is vital to helping her clients have a positive experience, while achieving their goals. She is very thorough and detail oriented, and has formed many close relationships with professionals in related fields, such as law, title insurance, home inspectors and other contractors. She aims to offer concierge- level service to her clients at every price point. When time permits, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Having grown up on the South Shore of Long Island, and enjoying her summers on Fire Island, she loves any activity related to salt water, boating and the beach. Additional hobbies include gardening, art, and studying nutrition, wellness and naturopathy. She is knowledgeable about Naples and Marco Island Real Estate, in estate areas, golf/gated communities, and waterfront properties. She is a member of The Naples Board of Realtors and Marco Island Area Association of Realtors.